In 1993, one dark night during fermentation pumpovers William Jarvis accidentally pumped a third of a tank of Cabernet Franc into a tank of Cabernet Sauvignon. Both he and our winemaker consultant Dimitri Tchelistcheff were distraught until the fermentation was complete and Dimitri declared the wine “not that bad”. The accidental blend, something akin to a Bordeaux Blend was an immediate hit with the winery guests and since 1996, Lake William has been made yearly with that same blend of red grapes always coming from the vineyards cooled by the breezes off Lake William.
A beautiful expression of both of vintage and terroir, this wine showcases aromatic notes of white pepper, black olive, thyme and leather— all complemented by wonderful flavors of violet, lavender, baked pie and smoked meat. A bright and full-mouthfeel with balanced acidity makes this delightful wine approachable at an early age, yet has the structure to continue aging well for years to come.